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Just a small one at about 12 feet

Since crocodiles feed by grabbing and holding onto their prey, they have evolved sharp teeth for tearing and holding onto flesh, and powerful muscles that close the jaws and hold them shut. These jaws can bite down with immense force, by far the strongest bite of any animal. The pressure of the crocodile's bite is more than 5,000 pounds per square inch compared to just 335 pounds per square inch for a rottweiler, 400 pounds per square inch for a large great white shark, 800 pounds per square inch for a hyena or 2,000 pounds per square inch for a large alligator.

Mmmmmm. I'll stay out of the water then!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:28-135
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Oct 2005 - 9:24 AM
Focal Length:191mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Jaws!
Username:wideangler wideangler
Uploaded:7 Apr 2011 - 10:19 PM
Tags:Crocodile, KNZ, South africa, St Lucia Estuary, Wildlife / nature
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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2011 - 10:29 PM

I hope I never have to put those facts to the test Neil !!Tongue Great shot.
Ron

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2011 - 8:32 AM

good shot but maybe a little more saturation is needed here

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rogerfry
rogerfry e2 Member 9525 forum postsrogerfry vcard United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 - 12:39 PM

Very interesting facts Neil. The other side of the coin is that although they have incredible bite pressure, the jaw opening muscles are pretty weak, and in theory you can keep the jaws shut with a piece of string....wouldn't want to put it to the test though!

Nice shot of this handsome (?) beast.

Roger

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davey_griffo
davey_griffo e2 Member 5213 forum postsdavey_griffo vcard England165 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2011 - 9:17 AM

Even the weakest of them probably make man look pathetic & wimpy. Smile

Apparently that's the difference between man & ape. We gave up the powerful jaw muscles so that the skull could expand, leaving more room for a larger brain. You wouldn't know it sometimes, though.

Impressive shot. He's actually quite well camouflaged down there in the mud. But then they are ambush predators.

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